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Rumour Roundup: Flames looking for speed, toughness as deadline approaches

The All-Star Break is in the rear-view mirror and it’s time for the National Hockey League playoff races to heat up. As the playoffs get closer, so does the Feb. 25 trade deadline. Here’s a brief snapshot of what’s being said regarding the Calgary Flames and the upcoming roster deadline.

Mats Zuccarello

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek briefly discuss Calgary’s potential interest in New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello on the latest edition of their 31 Thoughts podcast.

I think Calgary might have some interest in Zuccarello, or something like there as a depth guy. I think Calgary is looking for some depth on the wing.

Zuccarello, 31, carries a $4.5 million cap hit for this season and is a pending unrestricted free agent. He has eight goals and 24 points in 2018-19.

Micheal Ferland (and toughness)

In a radio hit on Ottawa’s TSN 1200, TSN and The Athletic columnist Pierre LeBrun shared his thoughts on what the Flames might be looking for prior to the trade deadline. As many have, LeBrun linked the Flames to Carolina Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland (via Nichols on Hockey):

I think in terms of Calgary, it wouldn’t surprise me at some point in time if they phoned Carolina on Ferland. But some way to get some size up front. They’ve had a great year.

Ferland, 26, makes $1.75 million this season and is another pending UFA. He has 13 goals and 25 points this season with the Hurricanes.

LeBrun said he seems the Flames being aggressive, and noted that they were close to getting Ryan Reaves last summer – potentially an indication that they’d like a bit more size, snarl or toughness as they head into the meat grinder that is the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ryan Dzingel and Gustav Nyquist

Our friends at TSN have been posting short video updates on many NHL’s clubs in their TradeCentre War Room.

In their latest update, Frank Seravalli and Craig Button link the Flames to Ferland, Ottawa Senators forward Ryan Dzingel and Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist. Dzingel, 26, makes $1.8 million this season and becomes a UFA on July 1. He has 20 goals and 38 points for the Senators this season. Nyquist, 29, makes $4.75 million this season, has a no-trade clause, and also becomes a UFA on July 1. He’s produced consistently (11 goals and 43 points) on a very lean Red Wings squad, and he’d likely be a big help providing the Flames with secondary scoring.

For what it’s worth, Ottawa-area reporter Kevin Vallee reported a couple weeks back that the Flames have chatted with the Senators regarding Dzingel. The asking price was reportedly a bit rich for the Flames – for now – but keep it in mind.

Common themes

The Flames are a potent offensive team, but it’s probably no shock that they’re being linked to several players that could provide them with secondary offensive help on the wings. Their first line seems locked in, but every other line can probably use a bit of offensive oomph once the postseason begins. Zuccarello, in particular, could be a nice fit as he brings a mixture of speed, skill and snarl to the wing.

The locals are definitely kicking tires on some roster additions, but what those upgrades could cost will ultimately determine what they do prior to the 1 p.m. MT deadline on Feb. 25. The likely asking price right now for anything of significance is a first round pick and a prospect.



  • freethe flames

    None of us knows who for sure is available and what the asking price will be. What we know is the cost of one significant trade was and that is the Muzzin deal. What we all hope for is that BT and his staff comes up with is something that works. My hope is that they add a depth defender with some upside and there are probably some available. I also think he will look for a forward that can play up the line up if needed. I’m okay with the depth forwards we have throughout the organization but having someone who can add a little more offence would not hurt. We banter names about because we read or listen to the “insiders” views of who is available and that allows us to talk hockey on this site.

    • Heeeeeere’s Johnny

      And please recognize that this window will be open several years. While we are in good shape this year and it would be logical to consider going all in I would like to believe keeping our powder dry for the future is useful too. The in between spot is to focus on depth this year and spend some resources on restocking the pool. Depth D first, grit second, goalie third.

      • Uncle Iroh

        And please recognize that this window will be open several years. While we are in good shape this year and it would be logical to consider going all in I would like to believe keeping our powder dry for the future is useful too. The in between spot is to focus on depth this year and spend some resources on restocking the pool. Depth D first, grit second, goalie third.

    • Heeeeere’s Johnny

      And please recognize that this window will be open several years. While we are in good shape this year and it would be logical to consider going all in I would like to believe keeping our powder dry for the future is useful too. The in between spot is to focus on depth this year and spend some resources on restocking the pool. Depth D first, grit second, goalie third.

      • The Penn

        The New NHL is all about speed and skill and balancing budgets. Windows are getting smaller. Players are demanding more. You have to get while the getting is good. GO BIG OR STAY AT HOME. GFG

      • freethe flames

        The window changes every year; next year near the trade deadline the Flames will be making decisions on TJ/Hamonic/Frolik (maybe earlier) and whether or not to lose them for nothing. It’s nice to think the window is open for 3-5 years but I think what we know is that the “window is wide open this year”. Yes BT must be mindful of the future but he has to see the here and now.

        • Kzak

          I think if the Flames play the same and get the same results in February that they have all season, we should go all in. We’ve got a core to build around for the next 3-5 years but there’s guarantee that we will ever be in the situation again and we might regret it in a few years not going for it now while we have all pistons firing.

          • freethe flames

            One of the key things to keeping the core together is to add to the core at reasonable deals. I would like to see the Flames sign some of the less proven guys like Janko, Bennett, Andersson to longer bridge deals at an affordable ticket. This would allow them to deal with future cap hits and also if guys falter a bit make the easier to trade.

  • Hockeysense9393

    Everybody needs to understand something when it comes to Ferly…. BT has won the original trade and Carolina knows it…so selling Ferly back to the Flames may very well be too expensive just out of pure implications. Could you just imagine if you were the GM that just pulled that one sided deal (last summer), just to trade away an asset back to the team that fleeced you…to help them win a cup? I’m thinking that is a story most GM’s want to just avoid because what it could mean. I could be wrong…but I can’t see Ferland even being a thought back in Calgary.

  • Speed Kills

    Now that Carter Hart has seemed to have turn around the Philadelphia Flyers Season, My Hopes or the odds of doing a deal for Sean Couturier is almost nonexistent imo..
    But that would have been to guy to go after and even pay up big time for… A True 2nd line Center, 26 (perfect age group) 6′ 3 / 211 lbs. In 2017-18 ~> 82 , 31, 45, = 76 +34 / 2018-19 ~> 48, 19, 21 = 40, -1.
    Playoffs= 24, 8, 5 = 13… AND on a very friendly cap hit ~> $4,333,333 for this year, + 3 more years… in his prime, The guy drives play like nutz and was singled out as the one guy who completely shut down Malkin in the Playoffs…
    I had aspirations after Fletcher said “Everyone in Philly is available for a price” last week, not so much now I believe.
    I’m sorry/Not sorry that I would have traded a 1st, Dube ++ to get this guy…
    Imagine this playoff line up…
    Gaudreau – Monahan – Lindholm
    Tkachuk – Couturier – Neal
    Jankowski – Backlund – Frolik
    Bennett – Ryan – Hathaway
    Never going to happen… but I was Dreaming.

    • Iyangandy

      There is a lot of talk that Flames need help on the wings, but a true 2nd line center could have the biggest positive on the team. Let Backs anchor the third line and maybe allow Tkachuk and Monahan to play together. I like how they find each other on the powerplay.

    • Albertabeef

      I don’t think Couturier is a second line player. He leads all the forwards on the team in ice time with over 21 minutes per game, a full minute more than Giroux. That is a first line player in my eyes. Would he do as well with 12-17 minutes a game?

  • Em Durp Em Hrudey

    “Panarin could be looking for a John Tavares type deal – seven years and $77 million. ” This would be an overpay….which team is dumb enough to pay it?

  • Albertabeef

    Here is an interesting thought. Looking at the Flames stats from the 26 playoff games played in 03-04 and the 25 games since December 1st this season. These guys are sitting with twice as many points almost all the way down the board. Johnny has 44 points to Iggy’s 22. Conny had 17 Mony has 34. Gelinas had 15 Lindholm has 32. Nilson had 11 Chucky has 28. That team had 6 players with 10 or more points, this team has 11. Andersson and Kilylington have more points than Warrener, Commodore, Ferrence, and Montadore. Yes it’s not playoff hockey but screams great depth possibilities to me. No need for trades. You gotta dance with the ones you came with.

  • niong108

    I know NYR are trying to trade Zucc but BT should go for Pavel Buchnevich. He is not receiving much love from the coach so maybe they would let him go. He is a young player, very good skater, passer and shooter. He has poor defensive capabilities but hey you cannot get everything. Right? Since they do not let him play much he doesn’t have many points so he could be cheaper than Zucc. The offensive potential is there.

    • everton fc

      I mentioned Buchnevich earlier. He’s an RFA, I think. Whatever tough love the coach is applying, seems to be caving this kids season – unless he’s just not responding because he’s professionally “aloof”. Who knows? But he’s certainly not the big bust Nichushkin appears to be – I remember many of us wanted the Flames to grab the latter, and he’s goals in 37 games this season, and will probably end up like Yakupov – back in the KHL, for the remainder of his career.

      As for Buchnevich… He’d probably come cheap. Not sure the price (Czarnik, straight up? Probably not), but I’d be kicking tires there. But Peters is a similar personality, as a coach, to Quinn in NY. Peters likes hustle, a strong two-way game, a compete-level on every shift Buchnevich seems to lack, and may never possess. Bechnevich would be better suited with a team that has a more “carefree” personality. Bit I just read an article on the Rangers fan site (the parallel to ours, here) where Buchnevich’s defensive #’s are not as bad as they look, in a live game). When we talk about team chemistry, Buchnevich’s issues w/his coach in NY, might be a red-flag against brining him here.